Canadian Supreme Court: assisted suicide protected by charter

The Supreme Court of Canada just struck down the criminal code provision against assisted suicide in Canada. No need to fly to Switzerland now…

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court Friday struck down as unconstitutional the nation’s contentious century-old law against assisted suicide.

The historic ruling – met with jubilation from right-to-die advocates – opens the door to physician-assisted suicide for consenting, severely ill adults who want to control the method, timing and circumstances of their death.

In the landmark 9-0 decision, the high court ruled that the Criminal Code provision against aiding and abetting someone to commit suicide deprives people suffering from grievous and irremediable medical conditions the right to life, liberty and security of the person as guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

See: Supreme Court strikes down ban on Doctor-assisted suicide

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